Grooving the Moo Townsville 2013 with Woody

Published On May 13, 2013 | By Michelle Woody | Festivals

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Sunscreen, sweat, spirits and sun seared revellers  Groovin’ the Moo was slammin’! Sweaty tropical Townsville was dressed to the nines, although 4.5s would be deemed a more appropriate description, due to the tiny bum shorts and skater skirts worn by the ladies, and the double deep v neck singlets and lycra tights sported by the men-folk. Whoever said Halloween “ isn’t really a thing in Australia” clearly has never been to Groovin’. Halloween is alive and kickin’ in May at the Moo. There were countless Mario, Luigi, Pikachu and cow costumes! Along with Lady Gagas and Nicki Minajs cavorting about, as well as a deadly dragon, and a foxy fox joining in on the fun.

Finally, I found Wally! He was hanging in the giant crowd of people grooving to the smooth sounds of Flume – consisting of lush synths, atmospheric instrumental passages and beats designed for chilling out. Tame Impala also drew an enormous crowd mesmerizing folk with their psychedelic hypno-groove as well as The Temper Trap who got everyone’s hands raised in a collective sway with their hauntingly beautiful, indie anthems. Then Matt and Kim from They Might Be Giants, with the rest of the band, took audience participation to another level.

Kim crowd surfed and shook her booty to the delight of the punters. They Might Be Giants then had a shout off between People and Apes which started with the crowd splitting down the middle and ended in a tie.  DJ Woody’s 90’s Mix tape (no relation, damn it, family BBQ’S’s would so much more fun!) was as awesome as anyone could possibly be who spins the O.D.B. American outfit Yacht rocked it with an arty punk/synth dance cross-over that was infectious and theatrical. Incidentally Bechtolt the founding member chose the name Yacht in reference to Y.A.C.H.T. an alternative school in Portland, Oregon. It stands for ‘Young Americans Challenging High Technology’. They are a very interesting outfit: publishing books, as well as creating art, music and film.

Heaps more bands took the stage and the alcohol flowed, people got very happy, and after all was danced and spun it was an overall GREAT show.  Can’t wait for Grooving the Moo 2014!

Michelle Woody.

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Michelle Woody is a masters of arts student at James Cook University Townsville and a lover of culture and art.